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Install Foxit PDF Editor

System Requirements

Operating Systems

Recommended Minimum Hardware

Install Foxit PDF Editor

Double-click the executable file you downloaded, and then follow the step-by-step instructions in the Installation Wizard to install Foxit PDF Editor on your computer.

Uninstall Foxit PDF Editor

Choose one of the following options to uninstall Foxit PDF Editor:

Update Foxit PDF Editor

You can choose one of the following options to update Foxit PDF Editor:

Purchase Foxit PDF Editor

Foxit PDF Editor provides two licensing models: perpetual licensing with one-time purchase and subscription licensing based on month or year.

To purchase Foxit PDF Editor, please do one of the following:

Activate Foxit PDF Editor

After launching Foxit PDF Editor, a welcome wizard pops up. If you have already purchased a license for Foxit PDF Editor, click Activate to activate Foxit PDF Editor. If not, you can click Purchase to purchase Foxit PDF Editor from the Foxit website. If you choose Free Trial, you will be given a 14-day free trial period to use Foxit PDF Editor. To activate Foxit PDF Editor, please follow the steps below.

Deactivate Foxit PDF Editor

You can deactivate Foxit PDF Editor on one machine in order to activate on another. To deactivate Foxit PDF Editor, click Help in the Ribbon > Deactivate.


Foxit has integrated the collective commands in the ribbon interface and created a new way of working, namely Ribbon Mode. In this mode, commands are arranged by groups and tasks. While reading a PDF file, you can control-click the document name in the application’s title bar to navigate the filesystem trees. 

Search and Find Commands

You can easily search and find a command by the name or description of a command.

Foxit Plug-in Platform

For flexible and convenient management of plugins, Foxit PDF Editor offers a Plug-in Platform, in which you can view the plug-in status, learn the information about the plugins installed, as well as manage the plug-ins as needed.

To open Foxit Plug-in Platform, please choose Help in the Ribbon > Foxit Plug-Ins.

Plug-in Status

Plug-in Information

To learn the details of a plug-in, please click More under the general description of the plug-in in the About Foxit Plug-Ins window.

Plug-in Management

Within Foxit Plug-in Platform, you can manage the plug-ins as needed, including installing, enabling, disabling and uninstalling plug-ins.

Install a Plug-in

Foxit PDF Editor allows you to install one or more plug-ins by using an XML file. An XML file defines the information about plug-ins to be installed, and should be used together with .dylib files.

Tip: If you install plug-ins by using an XML file, please place the .xml file and .dylib files in the same folder to avoid an installation failure.

Disable a Plug-in

To disable a plug-in, please follow the steps below:

Enable a plug-in

To enable a plug-in, please follow the steps below:

Uninstall a custom plug-in

To uninstall a custom plug-in (not built by Foxit), please follow the steps below: